"I definitely want to play defensive end in college and I feel that's what I'm best at," he said. "I have good speed playing the position and recorded around 10 tackles and at least one sack per game this past year."
At the recent Midwest combine held by Rivals, Nicholls showed why he's capable of putting up big numbers, earning himself Defensive Line MVP honors. He runs a 4.8 forty, which goes along well with his 4.52 shuttle time and 27.5 inch vertical.
Missouri was the first school to contact him, and after a phone call from BYU, it's now those two schools that are foremost in his mind.
"I like Missouri because that's the local school here, so I've always been a fan," related Nicholls. "BYU, well I'm LDS, so my family has always been big BYU fans. So it's great that those are the two schools showing me the most interest."
As mentioned, Nicholls received a call from BYU on Monday.
"Coach Weber called me up and let me know that they were interested," he said. "He asked me a lot of questions, like if I were LDS, my plans and if I'd be interested in them. He really encouraged me to come out to BYU's camp this summer and I'm definitely planning to do that."
Nicholls has mission plans, although he's not exactly sure when he'll be serving.
"I'll have to wait and see what schools say about me serving a mission and then try to work with them on that, but yeah, I definitely want to serve a mission," he mentioned.
Nicholls will be attending BYU's padded camp along with Missouri's one-day camp this summer. He'll be attending a team camp as well. It's his hope that through continued standout performances at camps, he'll be receiving scholarship offers from his two favorite schools and some others.
"Coach Weber said they want to see me work out more, but that he really like what he saw on film," he said. "He told me that he was excited to show my film to the defensive coaches because he knew they'd be impressed as well."
When Nicholls comes out to BYU this summer it won't be the first time he's been on BYU's campus, as he's toured the facilities before and even met defensive line coach Steve Kaufusi briefly.
"It's really nice there," he commented on BYU. "I walked through the main building with their walk of fame there and it was great. My family almost moved out to Provo this past year and we still might, as my father sees a lot of business opportunities in that area. We're definitely staying here through my senior year though, but after that, my whole family could be moving out to Utah."
Nicholls is a 2011 recruit and is someone TBS will definitely be keeping tabs on, particularly with his recruitment bound to heat up this summer.